The search for missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 is to be called off, almost three years after the aircraft mysteriously disappeared somewhere in the far reaches of the Indian Ocean.
Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, a Boeing 777 with 239 people on board, took off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing in March 2014, but never made it to its destination.
Radar screens recorded the aircraft executing a series of unusual turns before vanishing. Satellite data showed that MH370 flew on a straight southwest course out towards the farthest reaches of the Indian Ocean, until it presumably ran out of fuel and crashed into the water.
Several pieces of wreckage identified as MH370’s washed ashore as far a Madagascar in 2016, but despite extensive aerial and maritime search operations across large swathes of remote ocean, the main wreckage has never been found.
A number of theories exist as to what might have happened on board the fateful flight, but nothing can be proved conclusively.
The search has now been suspended indefinitely, so it is possible that the true fate of MH370 may never be known.